|Kevin really got me excited about Game of Thrones but I refused to cosplay Game of Thrones until I was completely in love with a character. I like Dany and Jon Snow of course, but not enough to put forth the effort to make a costume. Fortunately Margaery Tyrell came along in season 2 and I was SOLD! She is witty and cunning and best of all, her character is played by Natalie Dormer, my current favorite actress.|
|The second I saw the figure come out I got curious about this beautiful character, and to my delight I loved her personality in Rebellion. I usually never like main characters in anime because they are bratty but Annelotte is such a strong and courageous woman that I couldn't help but want to cosplay her.|
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|Sailor Mars was the first anime character I fell in love with and I am elated to finally have made the costume. I always wanted to cosplay Mars and have mentioned it to many many friends for years, so wearing this out was a long-awaited dream fulfilled. I made this senshi suit to be modular so all I have to do is make other senshi accessories in the future, but I wanted to make sure to make this costume the best it could be for Mars.|
|This is my dream costume. Parasite Eve was my first and favorite video game when the Playstation first came out. I've played through it at least five times and even though Eve is now retired, please look forward to more Parasite Eve cosplays in the future!|
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|Poison Ivy was a favorite of mine ever since I was seven. I caught Batman: The Animated Series every Saturday morning on WB and weekday afternoons on Cartoon Network. The world Bruce Timm and Paul Dini created fascinated me and I especially enjoyed episodes featuring Pam. She is an ambitious and strong-willed woman with a passion for what she thinks is right; I can't help but respect that despite her fanatical intentions. "Pretty Poison" was my favorite episode because it combined almost all of my loves: flowers, perfumes, and killer make-up.|
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|Odin Sphere was an incredible game; I enjoyed every minute of it, especially Gwendolyn's story. The love Oswald felt for her and the unfolding of her feelings really grasped me. I like that she is a powerful warrior is proactive enough to save the handsome prince. She lives an honorable and dutiful life all while defeating armies by the droves. How awesome is that? I just had to cosplay all of her verisons, she is my absolute favorite lady! This dress is so pretty, too. *_* I'd squeal every time I saw it. Oh, and the sheep tree. The sheep tree was the best.|
I love to sew and my hobby is to show appreciation for my favorite characters by dressing up as them as accurately as possible. In my spare time I can be found making costumes of my favorite media characters and indulging in all sorts of crafts. My cosplay alias "Kapalaka" came from two sources: Golduck (one of my favorite Pokémon and it is a kappa), and gibberish my high school best friend used to attach to my first name. We would come up with silly names added onto each other's first names. The more ridiculous, the better. He called me Cristini, Ku-ristana, etc, the most elaborate of which was Cristanalakakanatini. This was around the time I was looking to create a committable and unique screenname and "Kapalaka" was the natural choice. No regrets thus far, so it's a winner! ^_~
My love for video games and anime led me to the cosplay community in 2005. It was my senior year of high school and I thought the regular "vote for me" signs were lame when I ran for Homecoming Court, so I pursued a different type of campaign by making silly ads with my face over the bodies of my favorite Final Fantasy girls. I wondered if people actually make these outfits and wore them. When I saw people cosplaying online, I immediately researched upcoming conventions and looking up cosplay photos of my favorite characters. CosplayLab was particularly helpful with their Spotlights and Look-Alikes, and the cosplayers I found in there I still look up to today.
Outside of cosplay I am pursuing my master's degree in architecture. Before I was accepted to architecture grad school I majored in theatre, specifically, set and costume design. My experience in the art, theatre, AND architecture wood shops certainly helped in my prop craftsmanship. Most of my sewing was self-taught until 2009 where I took a course under Marilyn Bertch, the former head of the Costume Department at Busch Gardens. I truly feel that my craftsmanship took off after my time under her and for that I am forever grateful.